Despite a tough year for the home oxygen therapy and power mobility benefits, things are good at Auburn, Mass.-based New England Medical Homecare. The full-line HME provider, in its 21st year, has been accredited for the first time by ACHC.
"We held off for a little bit, because we weren't sure where Medicare was going to go with it," said President Steven Callan. "But we wanted to get it done before the big rush."
To participate in national competitive bidding, due to kick off some time this year, providers must be accredited.
Lenexa, Kan.-based Progressive Medical Equipment has also been accredited for the first time, by CHAP.
"The environment is changing, with competitive biding and new coding-- we're positioning ourselves for the future," said Mary Martin, who works in the company's marketing department. "This proves that we're making that effort."
Portland, Maine-based Black Bear Medical has been accredited by JCAHO without exception, a distinction that only 5% of companies are able to achieve on their initial site survey, according to President Jim Greatorex.
Newton, N.J.-based New Jersey Healthcare has been accredited by ACHC for home medical equipment. New Jersey Healthcare serves all of New Jersey and parts of New York and Pennsylvania.
Rehab Medical/Support Surfaces has been accredited by JCAHO.